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2013.04.13: First Weekly Weigh-in In a While

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Goal Weight: 195
Goal BF%: 15%

Beginning weight 2013: 217.8
Beginning BF% 2013: 25%

This Week: 214.6@23%
(-03.2 & 2%) down
(-19.6 & 8%) to go

Ate a large lunch out yesterday. Next week will probably be close to 210 (probably 3-4 pounds).

I'm a few pounds from getting rid of my two largest pairs of jeans. They just don't fit right anymore. The pair of jeans that was the tightest wearable one now fits well. I'm consistently one notch tighter on my belt than three months ago.

We're making progress :)

- TD Out!

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MEADSBAY 4/15/2013 10:05AM

When you put your mind to it, you sure can get it done!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 4/14/2013 12:00PM

    Great job!

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PICKIE98 4/14/2013 7:48AM

    Slowly I turned, inch by inch...... you are doing it, slowly. Niagara Falls....

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STESSOUTCHICK 4/13/2013 7:43PM

    and I thought I was bad. maybe not

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FITGRL124 4/13/2013 7:05PM

    Yes - you are making progress!

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AKELAZ 4/13/2013 9:13AM

    Love belt notches!!! They tell us so much.
Love progress too so congrats and emoticon emoticon

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Trentdreamer is BACK!! And BACKIER than EVER!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

OK, so despite a long 6-10 blog discussion with my motivation back at the end of 2011, Things did not go very well last year. To sum it up, 2012 was one of my worst years ever. And by "ever", I mean "ever ever" (*). One setback, annoyance, frustration after another

You name it. Things like:
- Eviction from apartment by landlord.
- Problems at work
- Unwanted friends making their untimely reappearance.
- Email account getting hacked and used for spam
- Christmas wishes from a quacking toy duck

With all of the stresses, my weight shot up from 199 in June to almost 220 by the end of the year.

Though it's been a struggle, last Saturday, I weighed in at 212.8. My exercise has been regular. I set some solid and attainable new years resolutions that I have been keeping to for the past 3 months. My exercise has been consistent and my eating, though, still a struggle, is more nutrient rich. So I can safely say, I'm back (**) on track to my goals.

For those of you who haven't met me yet, thanks for stopping by. My name is Trent. My goal is to reach 195 pounds and 15% body fat. I eat generally healthfully but tend to eat out too much and eat too much sugary foods. Vegetables have been a struggle, but I am addressing that.

This weekend, I will post my first weigh-in blog in a while.

Thanks (***) for reading.

- TD Out!

(*) Don't ask me why using the same word twice makes it more potent in expression. I really don't know (and by "really" I mean "really really")

(**) I don't make said statement lightly. I've seen many sparkfriends who haven't blogged or posted an update in the last 2-3 years. Their last update or blog title reads "I'm back"

(***) And by "Thanks", I mean "Thanks Thanks". OK maybe that one didn't work so well.

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SCRAP317 4/17/2013 6:49PM

    Welcome back dear friend! So glad to see you and know that your head is back in the game - that's most of the battle! Good luck - YOU CAN DO IT! Can't wait to see it happen! emoticon

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JEAN111766 4/12/2013 5:09PM

    Welcome back Trent! I'm a lifer as well... so glad to see you back on line!

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FITGRL124 4/11/2013 8:03PM

    TREEEEEEEEEEENT!! It is so good to hear from you!! Sorry to hear about 2012 being a S**** year but you know what? You're back and it's a new year! I can't wait to work on things together again. I emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 4/11/2013 6:35PM

    YES!!! It's good to read your words again and see you back in action.
Looking forward to your continued posts and as always support.

I missed you friend.

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AKELAZ 4/11/2013 5:49PM

    Great-Great-Great to see you back - HOORAH!! (x3).

Sorry to hear life has been so hard on you generally. Assume/hope you have somewhere good to live and sorted out your friends and your work.
As for the duck . . . .

Think everyone here knows how tough all this is - we all have your back.

Look forward to your weigh-in blog - really I do - really really - always so motivating.

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MEADSBAY 4/11/2013 3:47PM

    I'm really really glad glad glad to see you back!
This is, sadly, a lifelong struggle for some of us.
Not to discourage you, my friend, but we just have to stick with it and find what works for us and then chip away at it.
Some lucky people just give up a few sweets or chips and walk a few miles a day and the weigh just melts off of them.
We are not members of that Lucky Club.

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DEBBICZ 4/11/2013 2:52PM

    emoticon back back!! Great to have you here again! I look forward to more.

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Blood Pressure and Water Retention

Friday, February 08, 2013

A dear sparkfriend, all of whom I love very much, asked me about blood pressure and water retention. My answer became very long-winded, so I decided to post it in exciting blog form.

There are tons of articles on SP and elsewhere I'm sure. Below is my experience

I'm not a doctor or nutritionist, so please respond to this with any corrections or other advice you might have.

My blood pressure went down BIG TIME when I lost the weight. When I was 250 pounds, eating out 2 times a day (mostly fast food and pizza) and only minimally exercising once or twice a week, my blood pressure was consistently 145/90 (give or take) I measured it every week at the gym.

Now that i exercise regularly and eat better, even having gained a few pounds back. I'm usually around 115/75. Maybe a bit more now, I should go to the drug store with the machine and check it.

I have a friend who is much smaller and leaner than I am and she deals with high blood pressure because she doesn't watch her sodium intake. She eats out a lot and uses a lot of high sodium seasonings and sauces for her food. Salt is a flavor enhancer, so it can be tough to let go.

Stress can be an issue as well. If you are constantly dealing with stress and anxiety, it can add numbers.

As a friend, I would recommend the following:
- Above all, meet with your doctor and talk with them about it. S/he either knows you or could ask the right questions about your lifestyle and advise you accordingly. If it's an actual independent/chronic condition (not a result of lifestyle choices), s/he could catch that. **Be really REALLY careful with this. I know someone who had a stroke. Not fun.**

- Focus on sodium intake. Start with the foods, seasonings and sauces you take in the most consistently and check the labels. Some of the numbers are surprisingly and staggeringly high. If it's a seasoning combo, check for where sodium/salt is on the ingredient list.

- Monitor your anxiety level. The highest BP reading I got was after an extremely stressful day at work. No exercise or sodium and I still hit 154/95 (This was when my readings were consistently 115/75)

Regarding Water Retention:
the only thing that I know of that causes it is sodium,**but I could be really off on this** (definitly check SP articles for this). When I used to weigh myself weekly, I knew that if I ate out the night before weigh-in, the scale was going to read 2 pounds higher than if I hadn't (I recorded my weight as the scale called it, but I knew that two pounds of it was water weight).

I don't know if water retention represents as much of a threat as high blood pressure. It may. I dunno. Your doctor or other Sparkies probably know more about this than I.

Hope that any of this helps.

- TD Out!

p.s. Again, please correct me or add anything else you know that might be helpful. thx.

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STESSOUTCHICK 3/28/2013 9:16PM

    well I will try this

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COMPUCATHY 2/20/2013 9:31PM

    Yep, sounds right on to me. Lower blood pressure is a nice NSV that we get as a result of this healthy journey. And the only time I suffered with water retention was when I was pregnant and they did recommend watching your sodium intake to help it. I think the thing with sodium is, we don't realize how high it is in processed foods...those preservatives really pack a punch! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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ROEANDGO 2/11/2013 8:53AM

    Great information!! Thank you for spelling it out for us!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 2/8/2013 12:29PM

    Hey Friend!

I think your spot on with the blood pressure feedback.

Water retention is a bit tricky as to the cause. Yup, sodium is a huge factor but I have to believe other things contribute too; yet, to list them I'm at a lose.

I've been dealing with extreme water retention for a better part of three weeks. The Mr asked me one morning if I needed to go see a doctor which was perplexing. He was concerned due to my face being visibly swollen and that I couldn't put either of my rings on. I was uncomfortable to say the least. The week before one doctors office ran a few tests and said I was hydrated but had boarder line edema. I've had this happen before without explanation or any that I received from my doctors.

Regardless of my situation we should all be careful about our sodium intake and making sure we are properly hydrated.

A good informative blog.

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Weekly Weigh-In 12.02.2012 (The Good News is.....)

Sunday, December 02, 2012

** Note: My weigh-ins are usually on Saturday, but I forgot to weigh myself before eating breakfast yesterday. So today......(Warning, this blog contains a lot of exclamation points)**

I finally broke the 212.x/214.x holding pattern!!!

Goal: 195.0@15%
Last Week (11.24): 214.6@24%
This Week: (12.02):215.2@24%
(+0.6 pounds)

For the next 4 weeks my goal is to go below 210 by the end of the year.

I've decided to approach this two ways:
- Eat out as little as possible
- fast from chocolate and junk food

I'm not being religiously restrictive about this. I'm simply tired of waking up dehydrated every morning from all of the salt and then feeding an all day sugar crash. I basically want to detox from my usual habits. I want to have the energy I had 6 months ago. I will deal with a weekend of early afternoon sugar crashes to get there.

209.x by the end of the year. Hello, HELLO118. I'm going back to the challenge. Sorry for being absent this week.

TD Out!!!

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STESSOUTCHICK 12/29/2012 4:37PM

    good work! I hope u have a great holliday

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TRACEYROCK 12/28/2012 7:31AM

    I hope you are still on track with this!

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STESSOUTCHICK 12/12/2012 8:47PM

    Good job as all ways

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RUSSELL1960 12/4/2012 9:25AM

    That's the Spirit!!! (note the exclamation points :) Way to Go! Glad to hear that you are back at it! A note on the junk food - I've found that I can include an occasional one ounce bag of baked chips in my diet and still stay within my daily calorie goal. The baked chips have half the calories of the regular oil fried ones. It took a little while for my taste buds to adjust to the change in taste but now I enjoy them and it satisfies my salt/crunch cravings. Go for it!

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JUMPINJULIE 12/2/2012 9:24PM

    You can do it. Detoxing sounds good. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 12/2/2012 10:01AM

    Whatever happened to your eating more F&V goal?
I really think that would help you a lot.
Even pick one you like- say apples, and eat 3-4 a day?
Give it a try.

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FITGRL124 12/2/2012 8:55AM

    I love the idea of a Detox! Want to try one together? Dr. Oz has a three day one that I really want to try but have been afraid to do on my own. Here's the link that you can copy and paste into your browser.


Let me know if you want to try this. I would love to!

Anyway, my goal by the end of the year is 145. Let's do this!!! emoticon

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Weekly Weigh-In 11.24.2012 (and again.....)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

So as has been the case for the past few months (OK years). I've reached a certain 2 pound weight range and a gain is inevitably followed by a near equal loss and vice-versa.

The numbers:
Goal: 195.0@15%
Last Week: (11.17): 212.0@25%
This Week: (11.24): 214.6@24%

(+2.6) This is soooooo different from the 3.4 pounds I lost last week and the 2.4 pounds I gained the one before that and .... well, you get the drift.

I did some heavy workouts and now am sick.

This is pathetic. Really pathetic.

If exercising makes me sick and eating more vegetables and less junkfood makes me gain weight.... really why bother?

This isn't even annoying anymore. It's just an endless boring cliche.

I've joined a team challenge that is to lose 5 pounds by the end of the year. I wonder how I'm going to do.

The method to my madness is as follows
- Exercise upper and lower body rotationally (This will make me sick and sore)
- Continue to taper my junkfood calories (down to about 1200 calories a day now. This will end up doing nothing to help my weight loss)
- My motivation is for my clothes to fit better (when they don't at the end of the year, this will make me disappointed)

Psychic prediction: I will weigh the same 212.0 pounds on January 1 as I did last week. I'll even bet on the .0 at the end. *yawn*

**For those who might say that I'm being negative. This has been my life for almost four d*mn years now. I have the blogs to prove it.**

Really bored by the monotony of trying to get healthier by eating better and living healthier and getting fatter and sicker. This is stupid.

- TD Out.

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RUNJEWELRUN 12/1/2012 6:12PM

    I'm praying for you homie! I know you can do it! I agree with the upping of calories and trying to cut the junk for just one day or one week. Treat it as an experiment. Are you drinking enough water? My problem was stress and as soon as it disappeared aka went to jail the weight came off.
Love you!

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AKELAZ 11/28/2012 10:19AM

    Oh I really DO sympathise **SI-I-IGH*

It's so disappointing and so hard to keep going at it in the face of so much disappointment. I admire you for sticking at it and not giving in - irritated with it all is a lot more positive than caving in which, I'm afraid, is more or less what I've done for the moment - not proud of that.

There is good advice here from people more positive than I am at the moment and I hope it helps you. All I can offer is empathy - but I do so wholeheartedly.

Just know that I'm thinking of you and hopefully we can re-connect in better circumstances. emoticon emoticon

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MARCYNA 11/27/2012 11:17AM

    Honey, I have the same problem as you. emoticon
A question for you:
Are you having enough cals? At one point I decided to raise the cals. to try to increase fat burning, if it isn't enough your body will stop burning fat, and I'm afraid this is also happening to you.
Or maybe you're as perfect as it can be, already.
And you haven't noticed yet, but Mother Nature has!!

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MAMADWARF 11/27/2012 12:08AM

    Yea I feel you brother....I feel you.

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JUMPINJULIE 11/26/2012 3:43PM

    It does stink when it is the same thing over and over again. I agree that maybe you have gained muscle verus fat.

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GAMEON123 11/26/2012 12:29AM

    After reading your blog, I can totally get why you are so very frustrated. It's like you just can't get a break. I will have to read your other blogs to see how you are sick (stomach, colds??) ...that just doesn't make sense. I can see how determined you are!

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RUSSELL1960 11/25/2012 11:39PM

    Two Thoughts:
1. Muscle is heavier than fat. Is it possible that with your workouts you are gaining muscle and losing fat? That kind of progress wouldn't show up on the scale but might be seen in waist and arm measurements. Maybe you're making more progress than you are giving yourself credit for.
2. I was stuck for a long time too. I was doing almost everything right but not quite enough to see success. One additional small change tipped the scale for me and I started seeing progress. You obviously love junk food (who doesn't!!!) but 1200 calories of junk food per day is a lot. That might be what's holding you back from your goal. Could you go "cold turkey" for one week - cut out all the junk food - and see if that starts you on the path to success.
I weigh almost exactly what you do and I want to get to 210 by the end of the year. It would be great to make it. Let's see if we can do it.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 11/25/2012 5:59PM

    I so understand where you are coming from. It's the space I was in when I gave up... so from someone who did, I ask that you please don't. Not that you were going to, but a gentle reminder from one Sparker to another.

I think (well, at least for me) when we have mastered X, Y or Z everything going into homeostasis. You lift weights? Great... now you have to do that much more to see 1/4 of the progress.

I am working on being happy where I am in the moment, but I tell you that's the biggest challenge of all.

Hang in there. We are here for you.

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FITGRL124 11/25/2012 4:53PM

    Is it possible that you've become a victim to the scale? I notice that when I cycle as such that I begin to focus on the scale even more.

"My motivation is for my clothes to fit better"
Let's focus on this for a change. Pick out a pair of pants that are snug or just downright tight. Focus on those pants fitting you instead of the scale.

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